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VILLA THE ROCK

Description

Description

The Rock

Location and Surrounding Area

When you arrive at The Rock, you are greeted by a row of fragrant tall trees and nature’s splendor at every turn. A private drive leads to this seven-acre estate, where you can immerse yourself in an oasis of solitude and serenity. Inside, the bright and spacious interiors boast sophisticated contemporary design. From its extremely private location, on a cliff 250 meters above the Marina Piccola bay on the southern coast of Capri, the villa enjoys one of the most charming views in the entire Mediterranean Sea.

The Gulf of Naples is at the horizon, while the iconic Faraglioni rise closer, symbols of an island that has always attracted visitors with a penchant for history and the wonders of nature. The Rock is a privileged location to enjoy the dazzling beauty of Capri. Built in the footsteps of history, it combines an exclusive location and elegant interior design to offer its guests an unforgettable holiday. In Capri, antiquity and breathtaking landscapes melt into the unique atmosphere.

In Capri, steep cliffs rise majestically from an impossibly blue sea, elegant villas drip with wisteria and bougainvillea, and even the trees seem to be carefully manicured. Long a preserve of celebrities, this small, precipitous island off the west end of the Sorrento Peninsula has a tangible deluxe feel. Glide silently up craggy Monte Solaro on a chairlift. Relive erstwhile poetic glories in Villa Lysis. Find a quiet space in the sinuous lanes of Anacapri. In the process, you will enjoy some sublime moments.

Villa Lysis is a melancholic art-nouveau villa set on a clifftop on Capri’s northeast tip and was the one-time retreat of French poet Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen, who came to Capri in 1904. Unlike other stately homes, the interior has been left almost entirely empty: this is a place to let your imagination flesh out the details. The entry fee includes an explanatory pamphlet available in Italian and English. Afterwards, it is possible to take a steep, winding path, the Sentiero delle Calanche, to Villa Jovis.

Villa Jovis was the largest and most sumptuous of twelve Roman villas commissioned by Roman Emperor Tiberius on Capri, and his main island residence. This vast complex, now reduced to ruins, famously pandered to the emperor’s supposedly debauched tastes, and included imperial quarters and extensive bathing areas set in dense gardens and woodland. Beside the ticket office is the 330m-high Salto di Tiberio, a sheer cliff from where, as the story goes, Tiberius had out-of-favor subjects hurled into the sea.

The former home of Swedish doctor, psychiatrist and animal-rights advocate Axel Munthe, San Michele di Axel Munthe should be included on every visitor’s itinerary. Built on the site of the ruins of a Roman villa, the gardens make a beautiful setting for a tranquil stroll, with pathways flanked by immaculate flowerbeds. If you are here between June and August, you may be able to catch one of the classical concerts that take place in the gardens.

Sitting in an old-fashioned chairlift above the white houses, terraced gardens and hazy hillsides of Anacapri as you rise to the top of Capri's highest mountain, the silence broken only by a distant dog barking or your own sighs of contentment, has to be one of the island's most sublime experiences. The ride takes an all-too-short thirteen minutes, but when you get there, the views, framed by dismembered classical statues, are outstanding. There’s a cafeteria serving snacks, drinks and ice creams at the top.

Measuring 54m by 30m and rising to a height of 15m, Capri’s most famous attraction is the Grotta Azzurra, an unusual sea cave illuminated by an otherworldly blue light. The easiest way to visit is to take a boat tour from Marina Grande. Sunlight enters through a small underwater aperture and is refracted through the water: this, combined with the reflection of the light off the white sandy seafloor, produces the vivid blue effect to which the cave owes its name.

The Rock. The villa is 1.4 km from Capri’s Piazzetta, 2.8 km from Marina Grande, 3 km from Villa Jovis, 4 km from Villa Lysis, 4.4 km from Chiesa di San Michele, 4.5 km from Seggiovia di Monte Solaro, 4.9 km from Villa San Michele – Axel Munthe Museum, 5 km from Monte Solaro, 8 km from Grotta Azzurra.

The Property

Located on the peak of the island, atop a dramatic cliff above Marina Piccola on Capri’s southern coastline, as well as within walking distance down to the center of Capri town and the famous Piazzetta, Il Castiglione boasts panoramic views of the island and the Gulf of Naples. This awe-inspiring property is the result of a perfect balance between Italian tradition and contemporary style, providing a unique retreat for those seeking complete privacy and pure relaxation in one of the most appreciated areas in Italy.

Arguably one of the most historical of luxury villas you can find anywhere, the property is on the site of an ancient Greek temple and was one of the fabled twelve homes of Roman Emperor Tiberius (circa 2000 years ago). He built this villa to overlook the iconic Capri’s Faraglioni that jut up dramatically out of crystalline seawater. Medieval additions to this exceptional 40.000-sqm property remain, in the form of fortified, concentric walls and medieval corner-square towers with battlements.

Defined by history, character and charm, the villa enjoys great seclusion and is very secure, with a private road entrance. Here you can have a very unique and emotional living experience. Tall trees and pockets of nature provide delightful shady spots for yet more secluded relaxation, while the sizeable pool’s equally large terrace is a fantastic sun spot with an even closer view of the Faraglioni. In the evening, you can enjoy sparkling suppers on the main terrace or stargazing from the battlements on the roof.

This unique property can be enjoyed alike by families, groups of friends or top corporate events. The main terrace is ample in size for the most stylish weddings and celebrations and, due to the villa’s position, it is advisable small children have strict adult supervision outside. The property contains also staff quarters. The villa is surrounded by a vast estate stretching over 30.000 square meters of gardens, panoramic terraces and a pool. There are very few pools on the island that boast a view of the Faraglioni.

Nestled in more than seven acres of lush landscaping, the villa’s exterior is the ideal complement to the refined interiors. Vast panoramic terraces overlook breathtaking scenery, the perfect spot for dinner by candlelight. The property boasts an exclusive pool and a sundeck equipped with comfortable sun loungers inviting guests to sit back and relax. Offering a serene atmosphere, the outdoor area is perfect for basking in the sun in the company of a good book and a glass of prosecco.

The natural light is what makes this single-story, split-level home so special. At the heart of the villa is a spacious living room flanked by a corner bar, media room and kitchenette, with interiors that play on the contrast between wood, stone and shades of white on the furnishings. Striking accents stand out against the minimalist design, bringing the space alive and offering an elegant setting. The dining area through the large archways complements the living space, inviting Capri’s sunlight inside through its windows.

On the lower ground level level, you find the kitchen, the staff quarters (comprising a double bedroom, a living area and a bathroom) as well as a small gym area. Fitness lovers will be able to keep up with their workout regimen without leaving the comfort of their own villa. Offering an elegant design, the ground floor also houses the sleeping area: the villa can accommodate up to nine guests in five bedrooms: four double bedrooms and one single room.

Centered on a sumptuous bedroom in shades of gray and cobalt, enhanced by stylish wallpaper that evokes the natural surroundings, the master room has its own living room, opens onto the terrace and features a spectacular bathroom with a double shower and free-standing bathtub. There are three double rooms, one of which overlooks the terrace, and one single room, all featuring vaulted ceilings and an intimate, cozy atmosphere bathed in soft earth tones and minimalist design. Each room has its own private bathroom.



Features & Amenities

FEATURES

  • 5 Bedrooms (4 Double Bedrooms + 1 Single Room)
  • 5 En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Swimming Pool
  • Furnished Poolside Area
  • Outdoor Lounge Area
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Kitchen and Kitchenette
  • Living and Dining Area
  • Garden
  • Panoramic Terrace
  • iPod Docking Stations
  • Staff Quarters
* Please note: the included amenities may vary according to final agreement, make sure to check your contract for complete list.

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It would be inconceivable to not to fall in love with Capri island. The Emperor Tiberius villa, the celebrated little piazza, the white houses of Anacapri, the unique colour of the Grotta Azzurra are a few of the many pleasures to be discovered on this lovely island.
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